John Renbourn - The Hermit

John Renbourn - The Hermit
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British Folk, British Folk-Rock
The Hermit

John Renbourn's first post-Pentangle (or nearly post-Pentangle) solo album, joined briefly by fellow guitarist Dominique Trepeau and featuring further contributions by John James, is one of his most beautiful recordings, and also among his most spare guitar instrumentals. Some of the material is drawn from lute and harp sources, and it is ear-opening to hear some of the more familiar pieces among the latter (such as "O'Carolan's Concerto") transcribed for guitar, but Renbourn isn't above adapting themes from television commercials, either. The mood of much -- though not all -- of Hermit is one of serious introspection, as Renbourn stays generally within a classical guitar mode.

Medley: A Toye/Lord Willoughby's Welcome HomeJohn Renbourn6:46
Three Pieces by O'Carolan: The Lamentation of Owen Roe O'Neill/Lord I / Turlough O'CarolanJohn Renbourn5:07
The Princess and the PuddingsJohn Renbourn2:02
Faro's RagJohn Renbourn2:39
The Hermit / John RenbournJohn Renbourn3:18
Goat Island / John RenbournJohn Renbourn2:55
Old Mac Bladgitt / John RenbournJohn Renbourn3:59
Pavanna (Anna Bannana)John Renbourn3:40
Bicycle Tune / John RenbournJohn Renbourn2:21
John's Tune / John RenbournJohn Renbourn2:33
Caroline's Tune / John Renbourn / Dominique TrepeauJohn Renbourn3:19

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